Can You Disperse Camp on National Forests in Oregon?

The answer to this question is yes, but with a few caveats.

Dispersed camping is allowed in most national forests and grasslands in Oregon, but it is important to know the rules and regulations for your specific location.

Dispersed camping is a type of camping that does not involve the use of established campsites or other amenities, such as picnic tables and fire rings. It typically involves setting up camp in an area that is away from developed recreation sites and other areas popular with campers. Dispersed camping is an economical way to enjoy the outdoors without the cost associated with staying at an established campsite.

In Oregon, dispersed camping is allowed on most national forest lands unless otherwise posted. It’s important to check with your local ranger station or visitor center before heading out, as some areas may be closed due to fire danger or other safety concerns. When dispersed camping in Oregon’s national forests, it’s important to follow “Leave No Trace” principles to ensure the area remains clean and undisturbed for others who may follow you.

When dispersed camping on public lands in Oregon, campers must adhere to a few guidelines:

  • Campfires: Campfires are only permitted where authorized by posted signs or regulations; however there are areas that are closed due to fire danger. Additionally, all fires must be completely extinguished before leaving the area.
  • Litter: All litter must be packed out with you when leaving the area; do not bury it or leave it behind.
  • Noise: Keep noise levels low so as not to disturb wildlife or other campers.


: Dispersed camping on public land can be a great way to explore and enjoy Oregon’s natural beauty without breaking the bank. Before heading out, make sure you understand the rules and regulations specific to your area so you can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Samantha Mckinney